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Substance Abuse In South Mississippi: Part 4

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - When it comes to highway safety, state troopers are always on the lookout for drunk drivers.

"The public knows that we are out there," said Brent Barfield of Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J.

He said the number of drivers they catch driving drunk fluctuates.

"Last year in Troop J, there was 414 DUI arrests," he said.

In past months there were talks of changing the legal limit from .08 to .05.

"That would simply mean that the amount of alcohol that one can consume would be less than what you would consume in an impairment level .08," he said.

First-time offenders have new laws to face that went into effect this month. A judge can now require a for them to use an interlock system behind the wheel.

"That will allow the driver before starting the vehicle to have to submit a breath test," he said.

If the driver fails, the car won't start.

"Highway safety is our main goal and anything that's implemented for the public to keep the public safe, we would agree with that law," he said.

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